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Working As A Pet/Ct Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pet/Ct Technologist Do

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images. 

Duties

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Healthcare professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews.

Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

MRI technologists specialize in magnetic resonance imaging scanners. They inject patients with contrast dyes so that the images will show up on the scanner. The scanners use magnetic fields in combination with the contrast agent to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical problems.

Healthcare professionals who specialize in other diagnostic equipment include nuclear medicine technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists.

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How To Become A Pet/Ct Technologist

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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Pet/Ct Technologist Career Paths

Pet/Ct Technologist
Nuclear Medicine Technologist CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Lead Technician Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Lead Technician Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Clinical Instructor Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Clinical Instructor Nurse Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Radiation Therapist
Lead Radiation Therapist
6 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician CT Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Staff Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
VET Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
VET Assistant Technician Controls Technician
Senior Radiologic Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
VET Assistant Technician Senior Technologist
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Clinical Instructor Nurse Manager
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Veterinary Technician Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
MRI Technologist Staff Technologist Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Radiation Safety Officer Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
Radiation Safety Officer Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Radiation Safety Officer
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
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Pet/Ct Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

53.2%

Male

36.6%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.8%

German

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

Vietnamese

5.6%

Portuguese

2.8%

Ukrainian

2.8%

French

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Hindi

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%
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Pet/Ct Technologist Education

Schools

Houston Community College

8.1%

University of Findlay

7.3%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Hillsborough Community College

5.7%

Ferris State University

4.9%

Delgado Community College

4.9%

Ohio State University

4.9%

Texas State University

4.9%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

4.9%

Southeast Technical Institute

4.9%

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

4.9%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.9%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

4.1%

College of DuPage

4.1%

Molloy College

4.1%

University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

Old Dominion University

4.1%

University of Kentucky

4.1%

University of Louisville

4.1%
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Majors

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

25.4%

Medicine

18.0%

Medical Technician

8.4%

Business

7.9%

Biology

6.9%

Medical Assisting Services

5.0%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Psychology

3.0%

Chemistry

2.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Animal Science

1.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

General Studies

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.6%

Other

24.1%

Associate

19.3%

Certificate

11.5%

Masters

7.6%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Pet/Ct Technologist

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  3. Patient Care
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  • Drive targeted expectations through exceptional patient care, solid relationship development, physician education, and implementation of key projects.
  • Minimized radiation exposure to patients and staff in accordance with radiation safety department policy.
  • Monitored personnel and work areas for radioactivity.
  • Maintained high level of injection accuracy and customer service.
  • Performed all aspects of obtaining ACR accreditation for the general nuclear medicine department and for the PET CT scanner.

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